From Publishers Lunch Weekly...
David Whitehouse's debut novel, BED, to Paul Whitlatch at Scribner, by Claudia Ballard on behalf of Cathryn Summerhayes at William Morris Endeavor.
UK/Commonwealth rights to Francis Bickmore at Canongate, by Cathryn Summerhayes.
Greg van Eekhout's THE OSTEOMANCER'S SON, to Patrick Nielsen Hayden at Tor, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates (NA).
MI6 field operative Matthew Dunn's international espionage thriller, which features a spy out to avenge his father's death and capture a brilliant and ruthless Iranian spy, to David Highfill at William Morrow, in pre-empt, for publication in summer 2011, on the same day UK rights were pre-empted by Rowland White at Orion, by Luigi Bonomi, by Susan Howe at Orion (NA).
Italian bestseller and Premio Strega finalist Silvia Avallone's ACCIAIO (STEEL), a novel of two best friends growing up in a working-class seaside town in the shadow of a steel mill, who dream of escaping together to the island of Elba, to Alessandra Lusardi at Viking, by Sonia Finotello at Rizzoli (world English).
Jeff Ryan's SUPER MARIO: AN UNOFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY, a colorful history of Nintendo in America detailing the plot-twisted saga worthy of a video game that gave rise to the most successful franchise in the history of video games, if not entertainment, to Courtney Young of Portfolio, in a pre-empt, for publication is planned for 2012, by Lynn Johnston at Lynn Johnston Literary.
Baker and star of the TLC show, CAKE BOSS, Buddy Valastro CAKE BOSS: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia, sharing his family's inspiring and poignant life story as a hard-working family realized their patriarch's dream of making their bake shop a household name, along with 25 recipes for the bakery's most popular treats, to Leslie Meredith at Free Press, for publication in November 2010, followed by a Cake Boss baking cooking for publication in November 2011, from Maura Teitelbaum of Abrams Artists Agency and Erin Niumata of Folio Literary Management.
Comedian and writer Moshe Kasher's KASHER IN THE RYE, a comedic story exploring the universal themes of being raised by deaf parents, being kidnapped by his mother to live in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Oakland, and embarking on a whirlwind tour of drug addiction, gangs and lock-down institutions at the age of twelve, to Ben Greenberg at Grand Central, by Richard Abate and Josh Lieberman at 3 Arts Entertainment.
Roger Ebert's memoir covering his life and career, including his relationship with Gene Siskel, his nearly fatal illness and the loss of the ability to speak or eat, and the numerous celebrities he has met and befriended, to Mitch Hoffman at Grand Central, for publication in 2011, by Joel Gotler and Brian Lipson at Intellectual Property Group (world).
Emmy award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano's THE GREAT DEPRESSION, experiences with being his mother's son, making it in Hollywood, coping with mental illness, and finding the path to recovery, to Judy Hottensen at Weinstein Books, by David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates.
Journalists Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum's I WANT MY MTV, pitched as in the style of the book Live from New York, an oral history of MTV with exusive interviews from music and network executives, performers, managers, and fans to chronicle the heyday of the network from its founding in 1981 through the launch of The Real World in 1992, commissioned by Carrie Thornton at Dutton, for publication in 2011, by PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit (world)